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 [Secret] 5 Cafes near Popular Kyoto Sightseeing Spots


This article introduces recommended cafes located near Kyoto’s most popular tourist spots, such as Kiyomizu-dera and Fushimi Inari Shrine. All cafes are located within walking distance from each tourist spot. Why not take a break from sightseeing at one of these cafes?

*Opening hours and other store information are current as of February 29, 2024. Please check the official SNS of each café for the latest information.

Secret cafe near Kiyomizu-dera

Ichikawaya Coffee

This atmospheric cafe is housed in a renovated 200-year-old Machiya(townhouse).

The interior of the store, from the interior design to the background music, is unified with calm tones, allowing you to relax and unwind.

The roasting machine that can be seen on the left inside is sure to overwhelm you with its size.

You will be lucky if a seat right in front of the roaster is available.

Coffee tastes even better while looking at the roasting machine.

What I ordered

  • Demi omelette rice (800 yen including tax)
  • Ichikawaya blended coffee (380 yen including tax)

*Coffee is 500 yen by itself including tax, but if you order it as a set with a sandwich, omelet, or morning plate, you can enjoy it for only 380 yen including tax.

The demi omelette has a nostalgic taste.

The freshly ground coffee is refreshing with a low bitterness.

Cafe Information

  • Hours 8:00~17:00  
  • Closed Tuesdays and the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
  • 15 minute-walk from Kiyomizu-dera

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Secret cafe near Fushimi-Inari Shrine


This cafe has won a world roasting competition.

You can enjoy authentic coffee with a wide variety of coffee beans.

You can choose the roast degree of coffee beans, and the staff told me that shallow roasting gives a fruity taste, while normal roasting gives a well-balanced taste.

If you are not sure what to order, the knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you, so I recommend this cafe for everyone, especially for coffee beginners.

Orders are placed ahead of time at the counter just outside the entrance, and you will be shown to your seat after paying the bill.

The first floor has counter seating, and tables are located on the second floor.

The interior is bright and open, with a white base contrasting with the jet-black outside.

What I ordered

  • French toast (800 yen including tax)
  • Americano Coffee (550 yen including tax)

The French toast was so soft that it almost melted in my mouth.

The Americano Coffee, which I ordered shallow roasted, was fruity and had a gorgeous aroma.

Cafe Information

  • Hours 10:00-18:00
  • Closed Not fixed
  • 6 minute-walk from Fushimi-Inari Shrine

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Secret cafe near Kinkaku-ji

Bean’s Goody Café

This unique cafe offers Kuromame (Japanese black bean) coffee and vegetarian food.

The interior of the renovated Machiya (Japanese traditional house) offers a relaxing atmosphere with the warmth of wood.

The interior design has a great sense of style, with indirect lighting made of Japanese Washi-paper and flower arrangements.

The cheerful and friendly owner will welcome you.

The cafe has a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel at home, and I stayed for about two hours while enjoying the food and conversation. (Please make yourself at home as long as you like, she says.)

What I ordered

  • Veggie Curry Black Bean Coffee Set (1,150 yen including tax)

*Veggie Curry is served only on weekends and holidays.

Veggie Curry is gluten free, so even those with allergies can eat it without worry.

The curry is gentle with the sweetness of vegetables, but the spiciness of the spices follows afterwards.

The shiny, large black beans have a strong presence and are very satisfying.

The black bean coffee has a rich flavor and is very easy to drink, unlike coffee beans.

Another good point is that you can also enjoy black bean tea made from the leftovers after brewing the black bean coffee, so you can compare the two.

Cafe Information

  • Hours: 10:00-17:00
  • Closed Wednesdays
  • About 6 minute-walk from Kinkaku-ji

Official web site (Japanese Only):

Secret cafe near Arashiyama Bamboo forest

Cafe Style Resort Sagano-Yu

This unique cafe is located in a building that used to be a public bathhouse.

The tiles, mirrors, and other features give the interior a delightful public bathhouse look.

The inside is very spacious, and the space between the seats next to each other is large, making it a comfortable place to relax.

It is nice to stop by after walking around for sightseeing.

The white outside is reminiscent of their signature tofu-pasta and makes it easy to spot them.

What I ordered

  • Tofu-pasta Set (1,850 yen including tax)

The homemade tofu is rich and filling.

It is served with three kinds of powder (yuzu pepper, green tea, and soy sauce), so you can enjoy it.

Pasta is super creamy, which is also made with tofu.

Coffee comes with a cute cookie stamped with the onsen mark, which goes perfectly with the deep coffee.

Cafe Information

  • Hours 11:00-19:00
  • Closed None
  • About 17 minute-walk from Bamboo forest

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Secret cafe near K’s House Kyoto

Cafe Amazon

This old-fashioned coffee shop has been in business for 46 years.

It has a reputation for its light, mouth-watering sandwiches, and offers a wide variety.

Eating a morning meal in the at-home, cheerful atmosphere will surely recharge your energy for the day.

They are open from 7:30 in the morning and only about a 6-minute walk from K’s House Kyoto, so it is very popular with guests staying at our hostel.

What I ordered

  • Mini Sandwich Set (650 yen including tax)

This simple sandwich of boiled egg and cucumber is light and easy to eat, perfect for the morning.

The ingredients are sandwiched between fluffy bread, making you feel happy just by eating it.

The blended coffee has a refreshing aftertaste with a low acidity.

Cafe Information

  • Hours 7:30~Last Order 18:00 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat) *Close at 19:00 7:30~15:30 (Sunday and Wednesday)
  • Closed None
  • About 6 minute-walk from K’s House Kyoto

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